Queensland hits 80 per cent fully jabbed

The premier says Queensland has achieved a high level of vaccination before a COVID wave arrives.
The premier says Queensland has achieved a high level of vaccination before a COVID wave arrives.

Queensland has hit 80 per cent fully vaccinated becoming one of the first jurisdictions in the world to hit the milestone without an active COVID-19 outbreak.

Commonwealth figures on Thursday revealed the state hit the target on Wednesday, five days before it opens its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from domestic virus hotspots who test negative.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says reaching 80 per cent without an active COVID-19 outbreak is a great achievement for Queensland.

"Very few places in the world have got to this level of protection BEFORE a COVID wave arrives," she told AAP in a statement on Thursday morning.

"The credit for this belongs to each and every Queenslander.

"But we can't stop here: let's get to 90 per cent and beyond. Please, get vaccinated."

Commonwealth figures on Thursday showed that 80.11 per cent of Queenslanders over the age of 16 were fully vaccinated while 87.9 per cent had had one dose of vaccine.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the target had been hit on Twitter on Thursday morning without notifying the state government, who he's been in a war of words with for more than two years.

"Well done to Queensland and the NT! Confirming you've officially hit 80% double dose vaccination, the target in our National Plan," he wrote.

"Thank you to everyone who got their jab."

When asked if he was disappointed the prime minister tweeted the news before telling the state, Deputy Premier Steven Miles said he understood why Mr Morrison was trying to "claim credit".

"The credit belongs to all of the Queenslanders who went and got vaccinated, and of course their health workers who rolled out the vaccination program," Mr Miles told reporters.

"I guess in some ways that tweet giving us the data sooner than we would otherwise get it, it's kind of the first thing Scott Morrison's done to help."

Ahead of Monday's border opening concerns remain about low vaccination rates for Queenslanders under the age of 40, and certain regions.

Mr Miles said the Gold Coast, which is on the NSW border, was only 76.5 per cent fully vaccinated.

"We really need to see more Gold Coasters come forward and get both of their vaccinations," the deputy premier said.

He also insisted he was confident hospitals and intensive care units would be ready for a rise in virus cases after the borders open, despite the Australian Medical Association Queensland warning of a capacity crisis.

On the same day Queensland hit its 80 per cent target it also recorded its first case of the Omicron variant in hotel quarantine.

The World Health Organisation confirmed another traveller in Queensland quarantine was the world's first case of a new lineage of that variant called Omicron-like.

Omicron has about 30 different gene changes, while the new lineage has about 14.

Queensland also recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday after almost 11,780 tests.

"It's a double doughnut day: no cases of COVID in the community or in quarantine," Mr Miles said.

"And while of course that's worth celebrating ... It might be one of our last."

Australian Associated Press